The Coronavirus Explained & What You Should Do
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In December 2019 the Chinese authorities notified the world that a virus was spreading through their communities. In the following months it spread to other countries, with cases doubling within days. This virus is the “Severe acute respiratory syndrome-related coronavirus 2”, that causes the disease called COVID19, and that everyone simply calls Coronavirus.
What actually happens when it infects a human and what should we all do?
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  • Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell
    Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

    Phew. That might have been the fastest we ever made a video. Literally working day and night. A huge challenge in talking about Corona was that the science is ongoing. So we put in extra special care to have good sources for this video and will update them in the coming weeks and months. Check them out here: We could not have made this video without experts who took time in one of the busiest periods of their own careers. A huge thanks especially to Dr James Gurney and Dr Max Roser of Our World in Data for helping us make sure the video was as accurate as it could be in a situation that is changing daily. Also a big shoutout to - the online publication for research and data on the world’s largest problems - and how to make progress solving them. Check out their site. It also includes a constantly updated page on the Corona Pandemic. Working together with them over the years has been a delight. Ok. We are very tired and are going to take a nap now. Stay healthy!

    • Aaron Day
      Aaron Day

      Way to go to go China!! Lets just eat Bats with tons of diseases, posinus fish, and other exotic animals so we can get sick and give the whole world a virus!

    • The Tik-Tok Man
      The Tik-Tok Man

      brilliant work as usual. Love the animations & clear, concise explanations. Well done team!

    • ABetterWeapon


    • Rodrigo Py
      Rodrigo Py

      Hey! Great video! I'm a Physical Therapist in Brazil and your video is one of the best out there because provides useful and accurate information in such short video. Is there a way of you releasing this video in other languages as well? Thanks!

    • Ching Wei Xion
      Ching Wei Xion

      Great job.! Probably the best Covid-19 video out there...

  • Mina Attia
    Mina Attia

    How can I reach out to someone responsible from Kurzgesagt for possible partnerships for patient awareness campaigns?

  • Jtsniper Tobias
    Jtsniper Tobias

    EEsoft: ok EEsoftrs don't say Corona virus in your content. Kurzgesagt: the Corona virus explained and how to prevent it. EEsoft: I'm I a joke to you? Note just a joke

  • Randon Polien
    Randon Polien

    Can I have the cup at <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="424">7:04</a> though

  • ligang T
    ligang T

    At first glance, it seems that the virus originated in China. But there is no evidence that the first patient was there. It is not fair.

  • YaLikeSmoothJazz

    I’m good, the bar of soap it ate in 2008 would help

  • micky j 69
    micky j 69

    Plz do a new evolution video

  • le panga
    le panga

    Hello sir, can you please make a video on ion thrusters and discuss some ideas on how they can be improved and how it can transform our space exploration in the future

  • Damian Muir
    Damian Muir

    Threre has now been like 1M cases

  • tomek stachowicz
    tomek stachowicz


  • geeg Iks
    geeg Iks

    Yes it’s hard to stay inside, but it forced me to be even much more grateful then I can even imagine for the life I have, the protection and family I have as well. It’s very warming, and feel closer to my family then ever before ❤️ God bless all and stay safe! If you have a roof, food , and not sick , spend some time appreciating it all :)

  • alejandro pedraza
    alejandro pedraza

    People don't talk about those who live day by day and can't stay home, because if they do, they'll starve

  • SAIFULLAH Nizamani
    SAIFULLAH Nizamani


  • henry larrygamer360
    henry larrygamer360

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="146">2:26</a> i will have nightmares about cells looking like that

  • Omizuke

    This pandemic started fast because China failed to properly communicate what was happening. And World Health Organization was even worst by parroting without their own studies. To quote "Preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) identified in Wuhan, China" Even thou by then other people had contracted it, even some of the doctors. A very good indicator that could be transmuted human-to-human. And then places like New York were even dumber, not only minimizing the threat but working on its favor. I saw the NYC Health Commissionaire saying and I quote "there is no reason not to take the subway, not to take the bus, not to go out to your favorite restaurant. And certainly not to miss the parade next Sunday" So yeah, China lied, WHO is one of their sock puppets, and the world is full of terrible leaders that let this go rampant because putting limitation would've been "racist" or trample freedom. And people are even stupider and can't fallow some simple rules. Kudos to places like South Korea, that not only learned from H1N1 and made sure to be prepare. But also both the government and its people are cooperating.

  • oteatimeo

    Please send this video to the governors of states that have not shut down and practice social distancing.

  • ramu

    詳しい説明ありがとうございます。 まだ危機感を持っていない日本人の方に見ていただきたいです😭

  • Mikey

    Oh my god we can finally watch a Kurzgesagt video for homework!

  • Eye Sis
    Eye Sis

    I am patient transport for the NHS and I can tell you all this is serious. People I've taken home who are Covid-19 positive have been fit, healthy and otherwise not needing any medical assistance day to day, but have been on oxygen for weeks and developed pneumonia. Some have had very few symptoms. Take care everyone.

  • MrHistory 808
    MrHistory 808

    *if our immune system was a army *It has terrible generals *and the troops shoot at the enemy and there friends

  • Nahk Ru
    Nahk Ru

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="54">0:54</a> Me: but I dont rub my face like that Also me: **nervously touching my nose**

  • George Meng
    George Meng

    Hey, I heard that a 4km asteroid is headed for Earth. Is it true?

  • Howard Perry
    Howard Perry

    Thanks for this animation of the Coronavirus. Concise, digestible information

  • Samir Bernardes
    Samir Bernardes


  • TheTipArrowNations

    "Soap can kill the virus" Me: *proceeds to eat the soap*

    • Nefomemes

      Captain John "Soap" McTavish

    • Nefomemes

      Soap can kill the virus because he is a British captain.

  • GamesAngel

    So, for everybody who has symptoms and the google tells you that you are dead since 2007, there is an app on play store named "Ada" that can help you slef-diagnose and provide possible diseases that you have, along with treatment and other cool stuff. P.S: I m not afflilied with it or anything, I just love the app

  • UFO Cobran
    UFO Cobran

    Super receno, alles gut gesagt, all what in this video say is corect! ❤👍

  • Kenneth Bltzr
    Kenneth Bltzr

    1-2-3 or idk weeks ago

  • 山地英雅 放送
    山地英雅 放送

    I am the broadcasting director of a junior high school in Japan. May I broadcast your video on campus to stop the coronavirus infection?

  • Zonix

    It actually started in November 😂

  • shf si
    shf si

    戴口罩啊!!!!你们这群外国人咋就不知道戴口罩呢!!! 就算洗手你天天出去有啥用啊!你直接吸进去了!!!戴口罩才是最重要的!!!

  • Business Banana
    Business Banana

    If I was still going to school I could have got the virus! 🦠

  • 날아라금붕어

    Very best you can do take a facemask.

  • Lonnie

    Well, we have a fast pandemic.

  • MinhP Nguyen
    MinhP Nguyen

    Do you mean that coronavirus can infect neutrophil and killer T cells?

  • Lonnie

    Just call it Wuhan Virus. COVID-19 just doesn't roll of the tongue as well. Calling it Coronavirus is just stupid. There are too many viruses that are made up of a Coronavirus.

  • Beena Krispel
    Beena Krispel

    Imagine a cell telling you to kill yourself

  • Thiyab Afaque
    Thiyab Afaque

    Sir, how do you make animated video?...all of your video is very usefull for me...your videos helps to give me significant ideas🤩🤩. Can u give some ideas how to make animated videos?

  • Gaz Lee
    Gaz Lee

    He says "Corona virus is not a living thing.".. he then says its unclear how long they can survive for? HUH?

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    ابو متعب الشمري


  • אדיסון מנדז
    אדיסון מנדז

    Coronavirus needs to do a 1 mil. Subscriber special.

  • Javier Rodriguez Rodriguez Rodriguez
    Javier Rodriguez Rodriguez Rodriguez

    this pandemic is not heavy handed, it’s real :(

  • Clifford M. Lopes
    Clifford M. Lopes

    Everyone please read 2 chronicles <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="434">7:14</a> to <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="435">7:15</a> in the Bible

  • juan diaz
    juan diaz

    l dont eat big macs l drink water now

  • Nathan V.
    Nathan V.

    To your bacteria spread after Corona, as mentioned in a previous video, can bacteriophages help counter that?

  • Lisa Diva
    Lisa Diva

    Respect quarantine!!!

  • Amber Mcmanus
    Amber Mcmanus

    Hope you stay safe from the coronavirus stay safe around here🦠🦠🦠☹️☹️☹️

  • LyFdez

    ¡Qué buen trabajo! Gracias ☺️

  • Zachy Levi
    Zachy Levi

    Can you please do a 3rd ant video Love your videos

  • Don Chesvick
    Don Chesvick

    Well done. Very informative. Stay home everyone.

  • Jurassic Park 3 Spinosaurus
    Jurassic Park 3 Spinosaurus

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="418">6:58</a> Is not nice for you, but i HATE social interaction

  • Mr Seffka
    Mr Seffka

    из всего видео я понял,что нам пизда

  • Ashlyn

    This video: social distancing may be hard Me, who is an introvert with no life and barely even leaves my room, much less my house: *ah yes. my time is finally here.*

  • Manish Kumar
    Manish Kumar

    It's China/Wuhan Viruse

  • Revonn Cadsawan
    Revonn Cadsawan

    Viruses that are fast will end fast.

  • Eg That Youtubes
    Eg That Youtubes

    Anyone notice that the Ape in the intro has toilet paper instead of a bird


    "none of this is fun." yea... about that.

  • Derrick

    This is a very educational video! Thank you so much for educating us on Wuhan Virus.

  • random Roblox guy
    random Roblox guy

    when god plays plauge inc.

  • Get Back To Nature
    Get Back To Nature

    I thought you said that viruses can only be caused from body fluids

  • Pamela Hannibal
    Pamela Hannibal

    1919 is year grandfather was born this morning 4/2

  • kavish sandagiri
    kavish sandagiri

    Wait we don't have to wash are hands just open doors with ur mouth Big problems need big brain moves!

  • Nick Smith
    Nick Smith

    Jalapenos are green

  • MOStein

    This explanation is more scary than actually having the virus.....

  • Moo_TheCatツ


  • yossra kamal
    yossra kamal

    Special thanks from Egypt🌷👏🏻

  • the sensible one
    the sensible one

    Bio weapon 👨‍🔬🔬🐞🌡️💥

  • Michael 620
    Michael 620

    This video has put it into the context for me

  • Akromi M
    Akromi M

    Can i borrow your video for my homework ? I will delete it later

  • Cansu

    Why Turkey isn't on the map?????

  • Jacob Lee
    Jacob Lee

    Comments - In a Nutshell: Introverts saying quarantine is normal life Traveling with corona This video in EEsoft recommended Anti-vaxxers

  • shera king
    shera king

    COVID - 20 next

  • Jesamé Joy Sandalamo
    Jesamé Joy Sandalamo

    This is by far the best and most informative video on the Coronavirus I have ever seen. Thank you for sharing this with the world.

  • Şafak

    As always, nice animation. It was the best video about coronavirus. I hope it will finish cuz i miss my university.


    what should we do? World powers and government: gEt RiD oF hUmAN RiGHts!!!


      @MushroomMario The virus! Ahh! Ill die. Well if dictators take over I might be dead anyway from a number of things including the virus so yes. I would risk it. I understand closing non essential buisness and gatherings but seriously. Hungary just become a dictatorship.


      ​@Nuclear Cashew Point of human rights is having hospitals and making sure people don't end up dead. Don't you know what WWII is?

    • Nuclear Cashew
      Nuclear Cashew

      You can't exercise your human rights if you're dead.

    • MushroomMario

      Well, really would you rather go outside and have the risk of getting the virus?

  • Aaron Michaels
    Aaron Michaels

    Looks like we are seeing the answer now...

  • ❲Alex❳

    Oh we are good in Russia. But I'ma still going to be careful. **Resumes munching on my fried Bat**

    • Nefomemes

      Alcohol could kill viruses.

  • Raegan Bloss
    Raegan Bloss

    Its terrible because now that we are further in the pandemic, it has turned into a fast pandemic, its terrible. I just hope that what happens is that things change for the better (and also people stop freaking out, this would be better if people took a second to actually think of other people and leave stuff for the rest of us).

  • Bob The Graditelj
    Bob The Graditelj

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="267">4:27</a> you maded a video about bacteriophage that will kill all bacteria...We can inject them and survive.

  • Gemmell-Braisher Callan
    Gemmell-Braisher Callan

    one day we will be able to inject soap in our bodies, then we don't need anything else